ADVANCED EYE CENTER
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Vision Correction -Surgical/Laser

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Eye Care

CRYSTALENS

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I CANT SEE UP CLOSE ANYMORE, WHAT HAPPENED?
  Around age 40, the eyes own natural crystalline lens starts to thicken and harden. Eventually a cataract is formed. Over time, the eye loses its ability to see things close-up, known as presbyopia. In the past, if a patient had cataract surgery or a CLEAR LENS EXTRACTION, they would certainly need glasses to read or see up close. If you are 45 or older, and have experienced a decrease in your ability to see up close or have cataracts but dont want to compromise your near vision, then CRYSTALENS may be the solution you have been looking for.

 
WHAT IS CRYSTALENS?
  CRYSTALENS is a new intraocular lens that is truly revolutionary. CRYSTALENS is the only FDA approved intraocular lens (IOL) that imitates the eyes natural focusing power. Most IOLs are in a fixed position in the eye and the patient must use glasses to see close-up. The CRYSTALENS is unique because it can allow you to see at distance, near and intermediate.  The lens works using your eyes own natural muscles to move the lens forward or backward within your eye to allow you to focus seamlessly.  Crystalens has been implanted in eyes in Europe since 1999 with great success.
 
HOW WELL DOES CRYSTALENS WORK?
  Of the studies done, 98.4% of patients could see well enough without glasses to be able to read print the size of the newspaper or directions on the back of a bottle of pain reliever.
  100% could see intermediate (computer screen distance) for most of lifes daily activities
  More than 80% reported they were using their computer, shopping and applying makeup without the use of glasses.
 
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE CRYSTALENS PROCEDURE?
  You will be given a light intra-venous anesthetic to relax you, and a tiny incision is made on the eye.
  The surgeon uses micro-surgical instruments that break up and vacuum out your lens.
  The new CRYSTALENS is inserted into place in the eye, and the incision is so tiny it closes on its own, usually without the need for any stitches.
  The entire procedure takes under 5 minutes.
 
WOULD YOU DO BOTH EYES ON THE SAME DAY?
  Typically, both eyes are done approximately two weeks apart.
  We can provide glasses to help you through the two week period.
 
WILL MY VISION IMPROVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER CRYSTALENS?
  Results with CRYSTALENS are excellent. Depending on your own personal healing pattern, your results may vary.
  It usually takes several weeks for the eyes to heal completely.  However, many patients notice advancement in their distance, near and intermediate vision within 2 weeks after the CRYSTALENS procedure.
 
WILL I HAVE TO WEAR A PATCH OVER MY EYE AFTER CRYSTALENS?
  You will be discharged with a patch over the operated eye, that you may remove the following morning. You will be instructed to sleep in a patch for a few days to ensure you do not rub your eye in your sleep. You will not need to wear any patches during the day.
 
HOW SOON CAN I RETURN TO WORK?
The majority of our patients return to work and to normal activities within 24 hours to a few days after their CRYSTALENS procedure.
 
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF CRYSTALENS?
  Rare, but potential side effects include: glare, corneal swelling, retinal detachment.
  A thorough review of all benefits and risks will be addressed during your free consultation and evaluation.
 
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS AFTER CRYSTALENS?
 As with any vision treatment procedure, certain precautions should be taken.  Patients should not go swimming in pools, hot tubs, the ocean or lakes for at least a week. When showering the eyes should be closed to avoid getting soap and dirty water in the eyes for one week. When exercising, sweat should be kept from the eyes for one week. Vigorous rubbing and eye makeup should be avoided for one week.

 
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT AND WILL IT LAST FOREVER?
  Most patients do not need corrective lenses after the CRYSTALENS procedure has completely healed.  However, depending on your age, and the type of prescription you have, you may need additional vision correction at some point.  (Surgery, reading glasses or bifocals)
  The CRYSTALENS is permanent and will never develop a cataract.
 
WHAT WILL MY RECOVERY BE LIKE AFTER CRYSTALENS?
  After the procedure, there may be some mild discomfort, and many patients experience scratchiness in the eye.  This usually subsides within 24 hours of the procedure.  Your recovery time will depend on how high your prescription was, and on personal healing patterns.
  During the first 24 to 48 hours after CRYSTALENS, you may have tearing and discomfort, and a scratchy sensation (much like having an eyelash in your eye).  Your vision will continue to stabilize during the weeks to follow.
  For the first two weeks following your CRYSTALENS procedure, you will use dilation drops that will keep the lens positioned correctly while you heal. You may see halos during this time period and be sensitive to light.
  After two weeks, your intermediate vision is improving and your near vision is starting to improve.
  You will discontinue wearing reading glasses and read daily so that you strengthen the focusing muscle.
 
IS CRYSTALENS COVERED BY MY INSURANCE PLAN?
We will provide no-cost testing to determine whether or not you are eligible for your insurance to pay.  If you are eligible, we will bill your insurance company the customary fee for cataract surgery and you may pay the difference in cost for the "upgrade" to the CRYSTALENS, or you may pay the entire amount.
We offer Vision Fee Plan (VFP) a flexible financing company that has monthly payments as low as $48 a month and APR's as low as 5.9%. Vision Fee Plan also has a 12 month - same as cash, no up front payment plan.  Click here for more information on financing.  Go to Payment Options
WHAT WILL MY CRYSTALENS EVALUATION BE LIKE?
You will make an appointment to be seen at a time that is convenient for you. You will meet a technician who will begin the in-depth exam.  This information will provide the physicians with precise and detailed information necessary for your personalized treatment.
We will measure your corneal thickness, take a personalized corneal map and do a dilated and undilated refraction, measure your intra-ocular pressure, and check your vision. 
  You will then have a personal consultation with the refractive coordinator to discuss the CRYSTALENS procedure in detail and have all of your questions answered.
  You will then meet with the doctor of your choice to develop a personalized and custom plan specifically for your eyes.  This is also the opportunity to ask any further questions you may have. You will need to allow approximately 1 hour for this comprehensive eye examination.
 
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
  A patient of at least 45 years of age who  is tired of reading glasses and would like less dependence on them or a patient with cataracts who wants to preserve some near vision. The ideal patient will have a stable prescription for one year, good eye health, and good general health.
  Non-candidates include some diabetic patients, some rheumatoid arthritis patients, all pregnant or breast feeding mothers or patients with sever glaucoma.   This will be determined by your doctor.
 
WHERE IS CRYSTALENS DONE?
  We are please to be one of the only doctors in Georgia who performs CRYSTALENS in the comfort of our own office.
  We have a full staff of RN's, anesthesiologists, and two fully equipped operating rooms right here onsite.
  The majority of surgeons must perform this procedure at the hospital or outpatient surgery center.
 
 
 
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